By Ebele Egoh
Awka, June 13, 2018 (MOI) Anambra Government plans to increase salaries of medical doctors in the state.
“Gov. Willie Obiano considers it his responsibility to see to improvements in the welfare of medical doctors in Anambra,’’ the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike said in Awka.
Dr Akabuike said this during a meeting with Chief Medical officers of all the General Hospitals in the state at the Ministry of Health Conference Hall, at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
He stressed that there was the need for the welfare of doctors in government employ to be improved upon.
Dr Akabuike while interacting with the doctors urged them to work hard at their various posts in order to improve on the healthcare delivery of Ndi Anambra.
“If you work hard and shun lackadaisical attitude, there will be increase in the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) that will enable government to fulfil its promises to you,’’ Akabuike noted.
The health commissioner said he was optimistic that if there was positive change of attitude toward their work, the quality of healthcare services in government-owned hospitals would improve.
“Government hospitals can only be involved in the Anambra Health Insurance scheme, if they are of standard; and with high quality doctors, they will address the health needs of the people,’’ commissioner said.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Medical Supplies and Facilities, Dr Vincent Okpala said the meeting was an avenue to evaluate how the hospitals were being managed.
“It is also to find out if things are done the way they should be done, and to evaluate the revenue generation by the hospitals.’’
Dr Okpala commended the doctors for their efforts so far and urged them to do more, to positively impact on lives of Ndi Anambra.
“Health system has multi-sectoral problems but the biggest positive thing that has happened is that we have a working governor, who is investing heavily in the sector.
“This is the first time in the state budget that the biggest chunk allocated to the healthcare sector,’’ Okpala noted.
He enjoined the physicians to put in more effort so, that the health of Ndi Anambra would be improved.
The Hospital Administrator, Dr Richmond Achugbu pleaded with his colleagues to take the hospitals where they work as their own, urging them to be dedicated, trustworthy and faithful in the discharge of their duties. (MOI)